Hillcrest Middle School Solar Panel project

GREENER — Hillcrest Teacher Allison Rich, GUSD Board President Steve Schwartz, GUSD Superintendent David Rose, GUSD Board Member Gregory Appling, Maintenance Supervisor Brian Sposato and Hillcrest Principal Will Deeths in front of the new solar array in the parking lot at Hillcrest Middle School.                                                                                      

Gravenstein Union School District held a ceremony on Monday, Jan. 27, to celebrate the completion of the Hillcrest Middle School Solar Panel project. The array at Hillcrest and another array at Gravenstein Elementary, which is coming online this week, was paid for by Prop. 39 funds, a clean energy modernization initiative for schools.

Hillcrest Principal William Deeth gave a shout out to the district’s school board, who he praised for having the foresight and political will to invest in solar.

Gravenstein District Board President Steve Schwartz said he was pleased to have the district be in the forefront of combatting climate change.

 “If you look around the country for solar panels, you’re going to find that fewer than 8% schools in California and fewer than 4% of schools the United States have solar panels. That means that we’re leaders in helping the climate, and I’m proud of that,” he said.

 — Laura Hagar Rush

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